A couple of days ago I posted a two line drill for training the Read Line. As I was diagramming it, I couldn’t help but think of all the possibilities that drill had to offer – you could change its formation from 4 OUT to 5 OUT, you could use all of the spots instead of just 3, you could… well, I stopped with just those two, but you could tweak it even more if you want.

So, here’s an expanded version of that original 2 Line Read Line Drill. Let me know your thoughts in the Comments.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 1



Start with all spots filled except the point.
Put the ball on a wing, and a defender on the opposite wing.
5 must fill the empty spot.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 2















Option 1: If x7 steps over the Read Line, 5 basket cuts and gets the pass for the lay-up.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 3












5 gets the rebound, passes to the wing she didn’t get the lay-up pass from, and defends the original passer. This way, the ball alternates sides of the floor with every basket.
x7 rotates to the back of the shortest line.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 4












This is a look at the new alignment after the rotation.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 5















Option 2: If 5 fills and x7 does not step over the read line, then 1 passes to 5.
1 must basket cut (she doesn’t get the return pass) and fills out to the back of the shortest line.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 6












5 passes opposite to 6 and cuts.
6 passes to 5 for the lay-up.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 7












5 rebounds her shot and passes to the wing she didn’t get the lay-up pass from.
5 becomes defender x5 on the opposite wing.
x7 rotates to the back of the shortest line.

Expanded Read Line Drill Frame 8












And, again, a look at the new alignment – this rotation just continues for the length of the drill.












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3 Comments

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  1. Coach Tristan says:

    Hi,

    First of all, thanks for the drill. I simply love it and it will make it easier to teach the read line habits. But, your drill has 2 options. I don’t understand the rotation of option 2.
    In frame 6, you say that player 6 makes a basket cut after her pass, and then fills out to the shortest line. Then in frame 7, player 6 receives the ball, on the same spot as in frame 6.

    I hope you can explain this, because the read line habit is, to me, the best thing in the read and react offense!

  2. Coach Lolo says:

    this is a great Drill!, i have been using something like that with my U10 kids and most of them got it (some of them will never get it, i guess) and used it on games (one of my players scores 70% of his by just reading his defender).
    I use it from all spots and also adding layer 1 “pass & cut” what makes it a bit more game situation.
    thank you very much for sharing this!

  3. Keith says:

    Great drill! I ended up tweaking it a bit so I wouldn’t have anyone standing in a line for very long. If you split your court in half and use 2 top spots close together you can get the drill moving on both sides of the court while utilizing the corner spots. We have 10 kids and by splitting the court we can have only 1 player waiting in line.